Fan Braves Stormy Seas, Stormier Politics to Reach World Cup

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English football fan Graham Kentsley’s boat is seen in a pier in Volgograd / Reuters Fewer England fans made the journey to watch their team’s first World Cup match in Russia than some expected, but one made a special effort, sailing from Bulgaria to Volgograd on a yacht. It took Graham Kentsley, originally from St. Read More

Taxi Driver in Moscow Run-In Apologizes, Says He Confused Pedals

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A Kyrgyz taxi driver who drove his car into pedestrians near the Kremlin told a Moscow court on Monday he had mixed up the accelerator and brake pedals because he had not slept for two days before the accident on Saturday. The driver, Chingiz Anarbek, said he understood his guilt and apologized for injuring people. Read More

Unusual Tours and New Perspectives

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Travel guides offer imaginative packages and fresh ways to see Russia RUSSIAN HERITAGE RAILWAYS Collapsing churches, forgotten railway tracks overgrown with grass, abandoned factories and warehouses, monstrous and dilapidated Soviet apartment blocks, derelict ruins — all are part of a not-so-distant past that many Russians are happy to forget. These things are ugly, the thinking Read More

Graffiti Turns Streets Into Galleries

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Moscow’s murals have a story to tell Vyacheslav Prokofyev / TASS Moscow is a multicultural city, and its international bearing is only increasing in light of the World Cup. Graffiti artists have joined this trend, painting the city walls with murals by artists from every corner of the globe, from Australia to Argentina. Local curators Read More

Taxi Driver Who Drove Into Crowd in Moscow Says He Lost Control

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The driver of the taxi which drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday, injuring seven, has said it was an accident.  Footage of the incident posted on social media showed a yellow Hyundai taxi pull sharply out of a line of stationary traffic, accelerate and mount the narrow pavement, which Read More

Q&A: Meet Ruslan Bekurov

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Associate professor Ruslan Bekurov, who works at the department of international journalism at St. Petersburg State University, moved to the city from Vladikavkaz 20 years ago. He originally moved north for his studies, became captivated by the dynamic “Venice of the north” and is now waiting impatiently for World Cup visitors to love the city Read More

Halftime, Overtime, Pub Time

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Haggis Moscow: One World Cup host city, two World Cup stadiums, and a myriad pubs, bars and restaurants to watch the game if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets. In Russia’s capital, finding a place that provides football and food isn’t the issue — it’s more a question of narrowing down the choices. So Read More

Arron Banks, Brexit and the Russia connection

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On 11 March 2016, three months before the European referendum, and long before anyone had started to wonder about foreign interference in the two political cataclysms of 2016 – Brexit and Trump – the Russian embassy in London put out a press release. Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, had made a speech at Chatham House Read More

The World Cup’s Grand Opening, in Photos

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Robbie Williams partied on stage – perhaps even like a Russian. Andrei Nikerichev / Moskva News Agency The World Cup trophy is revealed to the crowd on the opening day of the tournament. Reuters Russia and Saudi Arabia played the first match of the World Cup, ending in a resounding Russian win. Reuters The expectations Read More